This set features proof versions of New Zealand’s currency coins, minted to the finest quality proof finish. Collectively the coins feature many well-known New Zealand symbols such as the Māori carved mask, known as a ‘kōruru’ on the 10-cent coin, and the HMS Endeavour, the ship of Captain James Cook, on the 50-cent coin.
As well as the proof versions of New Zealand’s circulating currency coins, the set also includes a 1oz silver proof version of the 50 Years of New Zealand Decimal Currency coin, which is only available as part of this set. On 10 July 1967, New Zealand abandoned pounds, shillings and pence in favour of decimal currency. The new system was quickly adopted by New Zealanders and was generally easier to understand than the complex imperial system. The 2017 New Zealand Proof Currency Set commemorates 50 years of decimal currency in New Zealand.
The set is issued by NZ Post, the official issuer of New Zealand stamps and commemorative coins; the coins themselves were struck by the Royal Dutch Mint.